Brazil’s Foreign Policy and Asymmetrical Partnership with China and Japan, 2003-2015


Brazil is among the 7th largest economies in the world and Asia has always been a priority in the foreign policy agenda of Brazil in the 21st century. Therefore, Japan as the third largest economy and China as the second largest economy in the world, has reinforced Brazilian interest in strengthening further diplomatic ties with both actors in question. Besides, due to China's growth during the last years, Brazilian foreign policy agenda has also been shaped by such transformations, shedding light upon Sino-Brazilian relations in a global multilateral manner (South-South Cooperation), whereas Japan-Brazilian relations have remained under a (hemispherical bilateral ties) basis. Thus, Brazil has tried to solve an important question which relates to how to strengthen political partnership with Japan and diplomatic ties, at a time when China has perceived Brazil’s domestic political crisis as an opportunity to secure natural resources and raw materials transference for its’ development project, in exchange for amounts of Foreign Assistance aiming at securitization and channeling of resources. I argue that Brazil remains weak to impose conditions on the bilateral relations, worsened by domestic political crisis initiated in 2013, allied with lack of strong domestic policies to regulate more expressively the bilateral relations towards China and Japan. I am currently performing a qualitative study to comprehend the main achievements of Brazilian Foreign Policy in partnering with both Asian states, as well as challenges to Brazil in choosing China as a main partner in Asia.

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Vinicius Douglas Yamanaka Paes

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Conference: APSec2016
Stream: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

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